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Pursue Politics in Downtown Pittsburgh

Do you have a passion for politics? Our political science program gives you the flexibility to design a degree to meet your specific needs while preparing you for law school or a career in government, journalism, business or education.

Concentration Options

Our political science curriculum reflects a diverse liberal arts background and allows you to concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • Government and law
  • International studies

As a political science major, you'll be encouraged to complete internships, which will provide you with practical, real-world experience and give you a leg up as you enter your chosen career field.

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in the political science major including:

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Constitutional Law
  • Global Governance
  • Global Social Change
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Law and Society
  • Nationalism
  • Theories of Justice
Pictured is political science alumnus Laier-Rayshon Smith.

In 2018, political science alumnus Laier-Rayshon Smith '15 received a full scholarship to attend Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he is a graduate assistant in the Master of Urban Planning program.

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom

Learn from faculty who bring academic and professional work experience into the classroom.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Dora Ion. File photo.
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
  • Worked as a legal adviser for the Romanian government
  • Researched lead poisoning in children and its effects on academic achievement, as well as the spectrum of populism in Romania, during her graduate years at Wayne State University
  • Research interests include political theory, international relations, global justice, international law and human rights

Career Options

With a political science degree, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Archivist
  • Government Official
  • Politician
  • Lobbyist
  • Urban Planner
  • Law Enforcement Official
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Foreign Service Officer

Alumni Success

Learn where our graduates have gone on to build their political science careers.

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Pictured is political science alumna Ashleigh Henry.
"My bachelor’s degree provided me a foundation not only in substantive knowledge of government processes, but also a greater knowledge of the world around me."
Pictured is political science alumnus Anthony Costulas.
"Today, I work directly for Congress, and classes such as Constitutional Law and various American government courses I took while at Point Park helped provide me with tools that I use today. The professors in the political science program at Point Park were an incredible resource."

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